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Safety Fest! Katy ISD Police Department Teams Up With Katy Area Agencies for Disaster PreparationSafety Fest! Katy ISD Police Department Teams Up With Katy Area Agencies for Disaster Preparation2017-04-21T15:07:46Z<div class="ExternalClass91EAF91DE27842E09F9C2186CD257DDA"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">A well-informed community is better able to prepare for any potential disaster affecting their area.  This year's 2017 Safety Festival will educate residents about the important roles within Katy area law enforcement, medical and emergency management agencies.  Through high-energy activities participants will be able to see how these men and women work daily to protect our lives.</span></p><p><span style="text-align:justify;"></span><span style="text-align:justify;">Some activities include law enforcement exhibits, emergency vehicle disp</span><span style="text-align:justify;">lays, live car fire and extraction presentations, firefighter combat challenges among other activities.  Food, refreshments and live entertainment will also be part of the festivities.</span></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Katy Mills Mall<br>5000 Katy Mills Circle<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>​When:         <br></strong><strong>Saturday, April 22, 2017<br></strong><strong>10 a.m. – 2 p.m.</strong></p><p>​</p></div>
Katy ISD Named 'Best Communities for Music Education'Katy ISD Named 'Best Communities for Music Education'2017-04-22T02:04:59Z<div class="ExternalClass670381E5786448D7AB2754134EE4EA3E"><p style="text-align:left;">Katy Independent School District has again received the "Best Communities for Music Education" designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education for the 14<sup>th</sup> year.  Katy ISD is one of 4% of school districts across the nation to receive this prestigious award.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Katy ISD is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the federal education legislation, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The District understands the importance of providing music education as part of the curriculum and knows the vital role music plays in the overall success of students in school and in life.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">The Best Communities for Music Education designation honors school districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in their efforts to provide music access and education to all students.  </p><p> </p></div>
June 2017 TAKS Exit Level RetestJune 2017 TAKS Exit Level Retest2017-04-13T15:28:08Z<div class="ExternalClass1FA4717A4E2D468BB5BE3EC50A902EC7"><p style="text-align:left;">Students who did not meet the passing standard on sections of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) Exit Level will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject tests in June 2017.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">Students currently enrolled in school who need to retest are automatically registered; however, those who are out of school need to register online by <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>5 p.m. (CT), May 26</strong></span> by accessing the website at <a href="http://www.texasassessment.com/taksoos">www.TexasAssessment.com/taksoos</a>.  The registration process will be online only and any submissions received after May 26 <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>will not</strong></span> be processed.  Those wishing to take the exam can continue to register at a participating campus on the day of testing, if the campus can accommodate them.  Additionally, they should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated start time of 7:30 a.m.  A picture identification, such as driver's license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID or resident alien card must be presented to test.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">The 2017 June online TAKS tests will be administered on the following dates:</p><ul><li>June 19, 2017          English Language Art</li><li>June 20, 2017          Mathematics</li><li>June 21, 2017          Science</li><li>June 22, 2017          Social Studies</li></ul><p style="text-align:left;">Katy ISD is offering the June Exit Level retest at Taylor High School located at 20700 Kingsland Blvd.  For additional information, contact Dr. Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Department of Research, Assessment and Accountability at 281.396.2128.</p></div>
Katy ISD Principal Selected as 2017 Texas National Distinguished Principal FinalistKaty ISD Principal Selected as 2017 Texas National Distinguished Principal Finalist2017-04-10T20:24:22Z<div class="ExternalClassF588C9454BBB44399A41E4D108F54616"><p>McRoberts Elementary Principal Dr. Kwabena Mensah is one of eight Texas principals recently selected as a Texas National Distinguished Principal (NDP) finalist by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).  </p><p>The final award winner will be surprised in May at their school with $10,000 as well as represent Texas at the 2017 National Distinguished Principal event in Washington, DC.</p><p>TEPSA received 123 nominations for the 2017 NDP award.  After a rigorous reading process in which applicants shared their educational philosophies and accomplishments both in and out of the classroom, a peer-review committee selected eight finalists.  These outstanding leaders then showcased their achievements during a school visit by a team of educators.  Finalists will be recognized at the TEPSA Awards Reception June 14 in Austin, TX.</p><p>Best of luck to Principal Mensah!</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/04-10-17%20Dr.%20Kwabena%20Mensah%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="04-10-17 Dr. Kwabena Mensah - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Artwork Auctions Off for Big MoneyKaty ISD Artwork Auctions Off for Big Money2017-04-06T15:54:29Z<div class="ExternalClass98AC0A5E68754A9BA10DEB946077E77D"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Hard work and determination pays off for two Katy ISD students whose artwork advanced to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo art auction. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">McMeans Junior High eighth-grader Charles Jang's artwork competed in the Grand Prix judging and won first place against students from over 100 districts.  His project was a drawing titled "<em>A Rare Connection.</em>"  This was the first year that a junior high student became auction eligible at this level.  Jang's artwork earned "Class Champion" recognition and auctioned off for $65,000!</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The detailed work on Fatemeh Ebrahimi's "Reserve Class Champion" three-dimensional sculpture caught the attention of buyers, who were out-bidding each other to purchase the unique piece.  The Taylor High School eleventh-grader's artwork is titled "<em>The Spirit Within."</em><em>   </em>Only two entries for the three-dimensional category advanced to the art action where Ebrahimi's work broke a world record and sold for $102,000!</p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Charles%20Jang.jpg" alt="Charles Jang.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><div><br></div><div><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Fatemeh%20Ebrahimi.jpg" alt="Fatemeh Ebrahimi.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div><div><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Fatemeh%20Ebrahimi%202.jpg" alt="Fatemeh Ebrahimi 2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div></div>
Katy ISD to Begin Developing Bond Referendum to Address District's Rapid GrowthKaty ISD to Begin Developing Bond Referendum to Address District's Rapid Growth2017-04-03T20:47:43Z<div class="ExternalClass1CE4F4ECCC5F4B8ABB246621D36CBEB4"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy Independent School District will be hosting its first Community Bond Advisory Committee meeting on </span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tuesday, April 4 from 5 to 9 p.m.</strong></span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">It will be held at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 150-member committee is comprised of a broad base of community members representative of Katy ISD campuses, partner institutions, professional and civic organizations and the community at large. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">At each bond committee meeting, the members will receive information on various topics such as growth projections, facility and technology needs and District finances.  This information will help members assess facility needs in order to develop a bond package for recommendation to the Board of Trustees.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Through data presented annually by the District's demographers, Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), and discussions with residential developers, the District is projected to be adding approximately 2,500 new students each school year.  Katy ISD continues to be one of the fastest growing school districts in the country and by 2026 analysts predict that Katy ISD could be serving nearly 100,000 students.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Community Bond Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public to observe the process and stay informed.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<a href="/sites/bonds/pages/default.aspx" title="Katy ISD Community Bond Advisory Committee Meetings">Click here for more information on Katy ISD's 2017 bond referendum and the Community Bond Advisory Committee meetings</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Communications Department Receives Numerous AwardsKaty ISD Communications Department Receives Numerous Awards2017-03-30T17:11:12Z<div class="ExternalClassAE730195DAF046CDA45A72930BCFB7F8"><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Communications Department was recently recognized by the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) Star Awards program.  The Department earned seven recognitions this spring.  The Star Awards honors outstanding work in print, graphics, video and other school communication tools and strategies.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The awards presented to the Katy ISD team include the Gold Star Award for its Student Excellence Awards Program, Bethke Elementary logo, and Tays Junior High branding; the Silver Star Award for the Student Excellence Award invitation, Katy ISD Annual Report and Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center dedication program; and the Bronze Star Award for the "Thank You to 2014 Bond Voters" video.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">This spring the Communications Department was also presented with a Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Congressman, Michael T. McCaul from Texas District 10.  The recognition was for being named a 2016 MarCom Gold Winner— an award the department won for its monthly Katy ISD Update newsletter.  The MarCom award acknowledges electronic publications that exceed a high standard of excellence and serve as a benchmark for the industry.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to the Katy ISD Communications Department.</p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Communications%20Picture%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Communications Picture - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p></div>
McRoberts Elementary School Receives Two Prestigious TABSE AwardsMcRoberts Elementary School Receives Two Prestigious TABSE Awards2017-03-24T21:08:21Z<div class="ExternalClassDE5F5013F6C1409AB8878B9EC5D52697"><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to the faculty and staff at McRoberts Elementary School for being recognized as a Demonstration School by the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE).  During the TABSE 32<sup>nd</sup> Annual State Conference in Houston, Texas, Mayor Sylvester Turner acknowledged the McRoberts Elementary School educators who work tirelessly to support and advance their students.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">McRoberts Principal Dr. Kwabena Mensah also accepted the 2017 TABSE Principal of the Year Crystal Award.  He dedicated the award to his students, parents and staff who he says "continually set high expectations for everyone who walks through their school doors."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Each year, TABSE recognizes distinguished individuals who have made local and state contributions to the education of African-American educators and learners. </p><p>​​​​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/032417_Kwabena%20Mensah_TABSE%20(smaller%20size).jpg" alt="032417_Kwabena Mensah_TABSE (smaller size).jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p></div>

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